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Senior Staff

Benjamin J McKay

Benjamin J. McKay, J.D., M.P.A

Executive Director

P: 415-434-4900 ext. 1132
F: 415-434-3117

Ben McKay joined the SLA in 2012 after a career in both the private and public sector. Most recently, Ben spent eight years with the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) as its Senior Vice President for Federal Government Relations. In that role, Ben was named one of Washington D.C.’s top lobbyists five times by The Hill, one of the city’s leading political newspapers. Prior to his time at PCI, Ben served as Chief of Staff to a member of United States Congress in Washington, D.C., and worked on financial services and international relations issues.

Other career highlights include eight years as staff to members of the Florida legislature, where he worked on insurance, economic development, banking, criminal justice, and other important issues. He served a tour as a regulator at the Florida Department of State, where he held the position of Deputy Secretary for International and Legislative Affairs. Later, he served as the youngest Chief of Staff in the history of the 750-employee department. Ben received his Juris Doctor from Catholic University, his Master in Public Administration from Harvard University, and his Bachelor of Science from Florida State University.


Joy Erven

Joy Erven, MBA

Chief Operating Officer and Director

P: 415-434-4900 ext. 1105
F: 415-434-3716

As Chief Operating Officer and Director, Joy is responsible for overseeing accounting, purchasing, banking, and financial investments. Joy prepares and presents the annual budget and quarterly financial statements, and interfaces with outside auditors for the annual financial audit.

Pat McAuley


Senior Vice President, Education and Compliance

P: 415-434-4900 ext. 1111
F: 415-434-3716

As Senior Vice President, Education and Compliance, Pat provides guidance, education and support to the association's membership and affiliates in their understanding of California's surplus line laws. Her department develops and provides Continuing Education (CE) courses throughout the state, and she works closely with various departments within the California Department of Insurance (CDI).

Susan Bryant

Susan Bryant, MBA

Senior Vice President, Financial Analysis

P: 415-434-4900 ext. 1121
F: 415-434-8505

As Vice President, Financial Analysis, Susan coordinates SLA participation in the security review program for the insurance commissioner’s List of Approved Surplus Line Insurers (LASLI). The VP of Financial Analysis represents the SLA at monthly meetings with the California Department of Insurance (CDI) and provides input on SLA compliance with the CDI Plan of Operation.

Michael Caturegli

Michael Caturegli

Senior Vice President, Data Analysis & Technology

P: 415-434-4900
F: 415-434-3716

The Sr. Vice President, Data Analysis & Technology is responsible for the Data Analysis filing operations and Technology functions at the California SLA. As the head of Data Analysis, Michael and his team of compliance professionals insure that all California Surplus Lines filings are recorded accurately and SLA members adhere to CDI compliance standards. As head of Technology, Michael and his department of technologists are responsible for all SLA office computing equipment, system operations, websites, network security and telecommunications at the California SLA. He is responsible for ensuring that all internal employees, as well as SLA members and affiliates, have the automated tools they need to access information and process policy filings. The SVP of Data Analysis & Technology also represents the SLA with the California Department of Insurance (CDI) Audit and Fraud Prevention Divisions, and provides input on SLA compliance with State Surplus Lines regulations. Both SLA functions work together to provide meaningful data and analytics to the CDI, Board of Directors, and Association stakeholders, in addition to continually keeping up with industry trends.

Cliston Brown

Cliston Brown

Vice President, Communications and Government Relations

P: 415-434-4900 ext. 1139
F: 415-434-3117

As Vice President, Communications, Cliston is responsible for ensuring SLA members receive timely, high-quality communications about SLA and news affecting surplus lines brokers doing business in California. He serves as editor-in-chief of SLA's newsletter, SLA Connection. He publishes news alerts to members and manages SLA's social media presence.

Pamela Boyes

Pamela Boyes, SPHR, SHRM-CP

Vice President, Human Resources

P: 415-434-4900 ext. 1145
F: 415-434-1502

As Vice President, Human Resources, Pamela oversees the day to day human resources, facilities (including reception and mailroom), and office safety functions. The VP, Human Resources is responsible for administering the SLA's compensation and benefits plans; ensuring the association's compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws; recruitment; payroll; performance management; employee relations; coordinating internal training; and maintaining the employee handbook.